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Spice Cavalli style: the Spice Girls by Roberto CavalliSpice Cavalli style: the Spice Girls by Roberto Cavalli


Roberto Cavalli’s back in the news as his Spice Girls revival tour costumes début in Vancouver
photographed by Jonathan Hayward


ITALIAN DESIGNER Roberto Cavalli’s probably the best choice for combining glamour and energy in modern fashion—and he was once again able to show his talent with the costumes for the reunited Spice Girls, going on their world tour.

Cavalli’s approach was to give each member of the Spice Girls her own individual look.

As expected in 2007 and from her relaxed manner at the original press conference in June, Victoria Beckham called more of the shots than she would in the 1990s, not only because of her own celebrity status but her connections with Cavalli. It’s a far cry from the 1990s when the Spice Girls were dominated more by Geraldine Halliwell, who was the first to leave, in May 1998, to pursue a solo career.

In a press release, Cavalli says, ‘I have known Victoria Beckham for a long time, and have always admired her style and personality. When we talked about the worldwide tour The Return of the Spice Girls, she put forward the idea of me creating all their costumes to which I immediately agreed. At their debut, the Spice Girls generated a trend with their individual looks and now, 10 years later, they have put their trust in me to get a new, unique and iconic appeal for the tour.’

Each of the Spice Girls—Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Melanie B., Melanie C. and Victoria Beckham—have costumes that include black-and-white tuxedos, silver space-age uniforms (a trend identified by Lucire months ago as hot for 2007–8), shiny mini-dresses embroidered with Swarovski crystals and feathers, sensual leather corsets and brightly coloured jumpsuits.

The tour began December 2 in Vancouver, BC, to be followed by over 30 dates in North America and Europe.

While the first part of December sees the Spice Girls in North America, they will head to Europe later in the month. They return to North America for various dates from the end of January to a final concert in Chicago, Ill. on February 16.

Simon Fuller, who was behind the Spice Girls’ rise in the 1990s, is producing the tour. In their original phase, the group sold 55 million albums. •


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